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Free concert series kicks off another season in Riverside Park
by Joan Durbin
April 30, 2014 11:44 AM | 2534 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A longstanding warm-weather tradition breezes back into Roswell this weekend when the first concert of the Riverside Sounds series takes to the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

This free outdoor concert series is hosted at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell on the first Saturday of the month from May through October.

A free shuttle will be available from Azalea Park and Don White Memorial Park running continuously to Riverside Park from 6 to 10 p.m. There also will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6 to 9 p.m.

The opener features Chris Thomas King, whose new album, “Antebellum Postcards,” incorporates folk, blues and rock.

“We feel very fortunate that we were able to reschedule Chris Thomas King for our series this year after he was rained out last year,” said Morgan Timmis, Roswell’s historic and cultural affairs manager.

“He has such a unique New Orleans sound that I know our audience will enjoy him. Plus, it’s always fun to have someone famous. He was featured in the films ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ and ‘Ray.’”

Born in Baton Rouge, La., where his father, Tabby Thomas, owned a club called Tabby’s Blues Box, King’s blues roots run deep.

He signed a major recording contract with Warner Brothers in 1989 and had an acting role in the 2001 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” King played the role of Tommy Johnson, a true-to-life blues singer from the 1930s.

While filming, he wrote an album of songs called “Legend of Tommy Johnson.”

King also has a role in the HBO series “Treme,” and he continues to compose music for Hollywood films.

Following King’s concert, this year’s line up is:

June 7 – Kristin Diable & The City – A Baton Rouge, La. native, Diable’s current release “Kristin Diable & The City” was recorded in the heart of New Orleans, La. She has had highlight performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Austin City Limits Festival and her music has been heard by national audiences on television shows such as HBO’s “True Blood” and “Treme.”

 July 5 – Big Something Band – North Carolina’s Big Something fuses elements of pop, rock and jazz. Winner of the 2010 Homegrown Music Network Album of the year with “Stories from the Middle of Nowhere,” the band’s current album is “Big Something.”

 Aug. 2 – Sonia Leigh – An Atlanta native recently relocated to Nashville, Tenn., Leigh has toured all over the nation with artists such as Uncle Kracker, Loretta Lynn, Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney. She is the co-writer on Zac Brown Band’s top-selling record “Uncaged” and co-writer on their single “Goodbye in Her Eyes.”

 Sept. 6 – Rosco Bandana – A seven-piece Americana-rock band from Gulfport, Miss., Rosco Bandana has been touring the U.S. extensively. Their single “Woe Is Me” has been featured on ABC’s “Body of Lies” and the video for the single has been in rotation on CMT Pure.

 Oct. 4 – Nathan Ware – Country music singer and songwriter Ware was born in Woodstock. His inspiration came from his family’s Southern gospel group called The Ware Boys. Ware played shows all over Georgia before releasing his first self-titled album.

The concerts are produced by the city of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. They are sponsored by the Roswell Neighbor, Lee J. Howard Entertainment, Spencer Pest Control, Gorman Chiropractic and Scroggin & Co., P.C.

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